Don’t Give Up

When I think back on all the tough times in my life, it was always so much easier to give up. But when we press on, wonderful things happen. Nowhere is this more true than in our own personal development. No matter what area of our life we are trying to improve, our confidence, health, communication skills, or any other area, it will always be easier to give up. But don’t confuse “taking a break” with giving up.

Sometimes we are not quite ready to take action on the information we have. Don’t beat yourself up over these moments. They happen. I quit smoking multiple times before finally giving it up for good 15 years ago. I knew it was bad for me, but it wasn’t until I was fully ready to take action and tough out the days, weeks, and months ahead that I finally met with success. That’s true for virtually every challenge I’ve faced. Sometimes I needed to hear the message multiple times before it clicked. But it always eventually clicked, and each time I went back at, it I was more prepared and ready to accomplish it.

I’ve seen far too many people see the challenge and immediately think it would be too hard to overcome, so they quit trying. Yet how many success stories have you read that at some point say, “if I can do it, you can do it”?  We know in our hearts this is true. It doesn’t matter how many times you feel you failed. You will get a clue each time that will make you a little more likely to succeed next time. As Thomas Edison famously said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Practice makes perfect, and isn’t that precisely what we are all doing with our lives? We are practicing every day. There is no shame in that game.

Try a new approach, a new technique. Take a break and rest, but do not quit. Don’t give up on yourself. You will get where you’re going AS LONG AS you keep getting up, dusting yourself off, and getting back in the ring. You are worth the effort. Don’t let the stops and starts discourage you. Keep growing that seed until you are ready to bloom.

Okay, time for you to share some inspiration. What’s something you FINALLY accomplished because you didn’t quit? Share in the comments section below.

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  1. Maureen says:

    Well said, April. That’s how I lost the weight. I just realized that is how to accomplish my next goal. Duuhhh! Thanks for the inspiration! Just what I needed!

  2. Wonderful post!! You are so right to…it’s so easy to want to give up. That happens with me sometimes, then I remember why I started in the first place. To help others and be a inspiration. If I give up, I’d be saying that’s alright to do.
    Then I do the thing that you mentioned…I have to take a break like everyone once and awhile. Infact I had to do that just recently. That’s why I was unable to post last monday. I end up blaming myself though for my having to take a break. I tend to think that I’ve already given up when infact I only took a break. I remember that once I start working again though. 🙂

  3. Thomas Edison’s quote is my favorite. I cannot remember how many times I want to give up, but wasting hours of work and not getting the results we want is worse. Good idea on taking a break. It allows us to approach things from a different perspective.

    • Erin, you are exactly right – wasting our work feels so much worse! It’s just a break, right? 🙂

  4. Oh April…could I just have you along side of me on those tough days! You are so spot on woman, and I needed to hear this right now! “Sometimes I needed to hear the message multiple times before it clicked. But it always eventually clicked, and each time I went back at, it I was more prepared and ready to accomplish it.” YES! YES! YES!

    Sometimes I forget how resilient I can be, and I want to give up. But your right…take a break don’t give up. Loved your stop smoking story-analogy.

    • It’s so true, thought, right, Jul’s? When something finally clicks for us, we think, “but I’ve heard that hundred’s of times before…” All in good time! 🙂

  5. So much truth in this. I just completed something big for my business that felt so slow.. too slow.. but in the end, I didn’t quit and it happened.. I believe one reason why it went so slow is that there was an emotional lesson learned through the process.. and life and moving forward is not always about timelines and bottom lines.. while others might pressure you to move more quickly, sometimes we have to be stubborn to get the full extent of the lesson and that is by not quitting, but preserving and working through the hard stuff!

    • Pam, such a profound realization you share here. I couldn’t agree more! It’s more often the journey that houses the lesson, not the destination!

  6. always so much wisdom in your words, april. it doesn’t matter if we are facing a positive or a negative change, we all stop short – at least temporarily – when we see how much work will be involved. taking a break first, to fully digest our situation and to plan our action steps, is a brilliant idea.

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